Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- The roundabout near the Woman's Hospital that exits into Pecue Lane.

The city-parish Planning Commission on Monday gave Woman's Hospital a green light for a medical office and support services building on the northeast side of the intersection of Airline Highway and Stumberg Lane.

The medical office space, one of two major additions the hospital asked for from the Planning Commission, will be a 6,580 square-foot one-story building, and will include parking and other green space across nearly two acres.

While the Planning Commission approved the office building, they deferred until July 17 a high-profile proposal to build a charter school on the property at Woman's Hospital. The School Board agreed last month to let BASIS, based in Arizona, move forward with opening a charter school.

Children of hospital employees would get first dibs at attending the school, which is envisioned to serve students from kindergarten through 12th grade and swell to 900 students.

Documents submitted to the Planning Commission show that a 35,000-square foot building would hold the school on slightly more than four acres, while the property would have 1.69 acres of open space and nearly four additional acres for a proposed road and public servitudes.

In other news, the Planning Commission also told developer Prescott Bailey he could move forward with a development called Atwater, which he is planning on the west side of Nicholson Drive and on both sides of River Road. Bailey is planning more than 800 homes on the property across from University Club Plantation.

The homes would range in price from the mid-$200,000s to $800,000 or so.

Atwater, the Prescott Bailey development, will require Metro Council approval.

Doug Daigle spoke in opposition to the development, saying City Hall needs to be more cognizant of the rich resources along River Road and come up with plans to preserve it.

"There doesn't seem to be any type of thinking about conservation planning for River Road," Daigle said. "It's such a beautiful area."

Bailey agreed that it is beautiful, which is why he is planning a buffer along River Road, bike trails and more to take advantage of the environment around the development.

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